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UK Government's contract award ruled illegal. What are the consequences?

As widely reported (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57413115) the UK Government was found to have acted illegally in awarding a contract to associates of Michael Gove (the minister who ...
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What are general benefits and disadvantages for political leaders to be honest with their people?

This is quite a broad question since obviously there are many different political systems and ways of governing around the world. But I would like to boil it down to some standard concepts of ...
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What would be the benefit to have more Supreme Court Justices? [closed]

One thing Joe Biden has mentioned was adding more seat to the Supreme Court. Why would he suggest this? How would it benefit the Court? Originally in 1789, there were six total justices (one Chief ...
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Are we going to have to pay back the government for the stimulus checks?

I've heard stories about the stimulus checks that the government is giving to the US people. I've heard that sometime in the future, the US citizens are going to have to pay the government back for ...
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Why do most European countries choose to keep their national patent offices when the EPO itself can serve as a patent office?

Patents having effect in most European states may be obtained either nationally, via national patent offices, or via a centralised patent prosecution process at the European Patent Office (EPO). The ...
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Is there a known/stated reason why Saudi Arabia did not declare itself a Caliphate?

Their closest political competitors that the Saud dynasty defeated in the 1924-25 war did claim the title of "Sharifian Caliphate" for themselves. Although Saudi Arabia is an absolute ...
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Is Caliphate as same as Islamic government or are they different?

Essence of Islamic governments the above Wikipedia link says that: (...) most Muslim scholars are of the opinion that Islamic al-Shura should consist of the following: Meeting or consultation that ...
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How can a government be legitimate? [closed]

In Myanmar, there are now two governments: (1) military government and (2) community representing government called (National Unity Government - NUG) formed from Charter by Community Representing ...
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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?

This comment says that One of the de facto laws of compensation in a bureaucracy is that nobody can get paid more than the guys at the top Why is that? Is it because of tradition, or is there some ...
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How do members of extremely large political bodies 'learn the ropes'?

The classic example is the New Hampshire State House, which is (in)famous for having an large number of members with a fairly high turnover rate, many of whom completely lack political experience and ...
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What are some potential dangers of decentralization in fragile societies?

I'm working on a paper where I consider a decentralized*/federalized* political system in Afghanistan. While there are many journal articles (a quick google search would show this) arguing in favor of ...
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How does a federal state differ from an anarchist “federation”?

Anarchists such as Proudhon, Bakunin, and Kropotkin advocate federalism. As far as I understood from their works, this entails an organizational structure in which power flows "upwards" and ...
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What's the purpose of prime ministers in presidential republics?

The US doesn't have a prime minister and is doing well without one. But many other presidential republics do have a PM. What's the purpose of prime ministers in presidential republics (note, I'm not ...
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What obligations exist for Scottish Ministers to report meetings to the civil service?

Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon gave evidence to the committee of the Scottish Parliament examining her involvement in the inquiry into allegations against Alex Salmond. Part of that examination involved ...
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What does it mean when something is said to be “owned by taxpayers”?

There are 470,000 results on Google Search for "owned by taxpayers". Some excerpts: RBS remains 62% owned by taxpayers after a 45 billion pound bailout in the 2008 financial crisis. (...
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Are there any legal consequences for lying to/misleading the president of the US?

Recently, I've read an article on DefenceOne - an interview with James Jeffrey, US ambassador on Syria. “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had ...
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What's the difference between state legislator and congress member?

I was reading this article. As a non-US citizen, I wonder what does State Legislators mean. I know that US political system is bicameral: senate and congress. This extends from the federal level to ...
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Which governments have carried out programmes of forcible vaccination and when?

In 1904, some 16 years after the law abolishing slavery, the government of Brazil ordered "sanitary brigades" accompanied by police units to enter homes in Rio de Janeiro and vaccinate ...
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Why is quitting the Chinese Army punishable?

I've been looking at an Article from Business Insider with the title "If you leave the Chinese military, the government can make your life a living hell" which states The official news ...
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What caused (or is strongly correlated with) the Democrat swing (relative to 1994) in the 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial election?

The swing was about 4 percentage points statewide. But it appears to be concentrated in certain areas of the state, like the western area and (to a smaller degree) the more populated east with and ...
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What is the difference between a business and a government?

During my attempts at elaborating any prior research or analysis, I realized I was answering the question myself. I will post that partial answer below. Nonetheless, one thing which I deliberately do ...
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To what extent will Canada's prime minister and its governor general coordinate the upcoming Throne Speech with the queen?

After seeing Al Jazeera's Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plan to dominate Trudeau throne speech Justin Trudeau is set to unveil ‘broad’ plan that includes healthcare and job support when Parliament ...
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How does the government pay for large purchases?

What are the logistics of the government purchasing an aircraft carrier? ACH has a 9 digit limit for example. Do they enter 10 separate payments for a $10B aircraft carrier into Netsuite and click &...
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What position & power does the Church of England assume in the upper house of Lords?

Church of England Church of England The Church of England (C of E) is the established church of England.[3][4][5] The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the ...
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What are reliable indicators of a third world or non developed nation?

Singapore went from third world to first world in ~30 years. So I posit that the reverse is possible too. I want to objectively know if US, as place to live, is on the decline. To that effect, what ...
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Is politics the reason behind the US having so many news channels? [closed]

The US strongly adheres to the separation of state and church, however it seems that the US cannot separate news and politics. Has this bias caused or contributed to the influx of alphabet news ...
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Is the federal government of the United States meant to primarily represent the States or the people?

It is an important distinction insofar as sometimes the common interests of the States differ from that of the people. Clearly some elements such as the Senate and Judiciary are meant to represent the ...
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Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies?

Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies? It happened in Zimbabwe in 2019 for example. How about other countries? I'm also interested in broader answers, like governments ...
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How do leaders choose between lives and money?

Amid the current pandemic many governments imposed heavy social restrictions in an attempt to flatten the curve and thereby save lives, and those restrictions take their toll on the economies. For ...
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How does the state government's organizational structure chart look like in India? [closed]

Need to understand the categories and positions like a flow chart from Chief minister to the low-level cadre of the Government in India. I searched for it in Google but nowhere found it.
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Where does Operation Warp Speed fit in the US government (or GSEs) structure?

Recently announced: "That means big and it means fast," [Trump] said of Operation Warp Speed. "A massive scientific, industrial and logistical endeavour unlike anything our country has ...
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What are the practical and effective feedback mechanism that normal citizens can use to present their views to the government?

As a normal citizen, one of the problems in our political system is that the government lacks positive feedback from normal citizens, like me. For example, let's say the government introduces a new ...
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What can cause a government to collapse in France?

In France, how can a government be forced to resign? Are there any examples of this occurring?
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How does Australia's National Cabinet differ from COAG?

As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia formed a National Cabinet on March 13th, consisting of the Prime Minister and the premiers and chief ministers of the Australian states and ...
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Who is responisble for physically removing a President from the White House if they refuse to leave? [duplicate]

In the United States of America, if the sitting President refuses to leave office after losing an election or getting impeached and convicted, who is responsible for physically removing them from the ...
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How long has the role of Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister existed in the UK?

Currently in the UK, Dominic Cummings is the Prime Minister's Chief Adviser. I am trying to learn about this position, but cannot find much information about it. How long has this position existed ...
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Is it (still) possible to create an anonymous shell company in the UK? If not, when did they actually implement checks on that?

From "the missing Crypto Queen" (a BBC story on the OneCoin scam): He takes the first one on the list and looks it up on the Companies House website. Everything is meant to be transparent - ...
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Have any governments proposed relaxing drug/vaccine development requirements for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Given that a vaccine or an effective treatment for COVID-19 is the best way out of the current crisis, it seems logical that governments would take a "no holds barred" approach to making it happen as ...
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Have non-health government officials in Western countries (besides the US) publicly pushed for specific medications for Covid-19 contra PH officials?

There has been some level disagreement publicly aired in the US between Trump/Navarro and Fauci on the use of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19. The president and his allies, however, have continued to ...
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Did the government of Greece approve 'haircuts' on citizen's deposits to reduce the damage of the 2008 financial crisis?

Some time ago I saw an interview with Andreas Antonopoulos where he was talking about the 2008 financial crisis in Greece. During the interview he mentions the government wanting to take a 20% haircut ...
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Has (or have) the CDC “internal” memo(s) on the public use of masks been officially published or are they leaked?

A WaPo article stated that: March 31 Federal officials debating whether to recommend that face coverings be routinely worn in public are responding to increasing evidence that infected people without ...
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Have any countries that are currently in lockdown published a detailed long-term exit plan?

Currently almost every country around the world is in a state of lockdown. However all of them seem to be in a state of 'indefinite' lockdown, with no long-term plan published anywhere. Has any ...
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How are elections conducted in China?

Whenever any topic is discussed about China, either with friends or over the internet, it always boils down to the government type in China. In fact, it always comes down to an absolutely ...
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Is it correct that in the state of Ohio, USA the governor can demand the legislature meet for an emergency session?

As I was following all the drama of the Ohio election suspension yesterday, there were several articles about the initial lawsuit supported by the government. Many of these articles have already been ...
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Are there some international laws which are used to govern election processes in all democracies?

For example, it would be naive to suppose that all the laws of an election process in USA are the same as those in Croatia. So, it seems it is better to suppose that there are some laws specific for ...
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How do large party coalition manage to ensure government stability for a fairly long period of time?

I was recently asking about the large coalitions (5+ parties with members in the government) and I was wondering how do they manage to get stable governments with so many parties that have rather ...
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Is there a summary of Johnson's government plans to defund the BBC (assuming this is correct)?

According to CNN Johnson's government announced plans that pave the way to removing the BBC's public funding model. Johnson's government has been locking horns with the BBC virtually since he came ...
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Why do certain people, in modern times, support the idea of a Brazilian monarchy?

I read from the LA Times that there are monarchists in Brazil who support the idea of the nation returning to a form of monarchy. According to a poll in 2017, about 10.7% support a return to and ...
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Is Samoa truly an elective monarchy?

I have read about how Samoa was created as an elective monarchy when it became independent in 1962. However, from what I read, some question whether Samoa counts as a parliamentary republic (as the ...
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Is there a term in US politics for when the President's party doesn't control (both chambers) of Congress?

In French (and other) semi-presidential systems, when the PM (voted by the assembly) is from a different party than the (directly elected) president, the term "cohabitation" is used. Is there a [...

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